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Community outpouring after BGC Riverview vehicles vandalized

By Tara Clow Mar 1, 2024 | 1:17 PM

Discouragement has turned to hope for the Boys and Girls Club of Riverview.

Over the weekend, their three vehicles, a bus, and two vans, were extensively damaged by vandals.

They arrived Monday morning to find the lock popped out of one, and the dash undercarriage on the floor.  The ignition was also ripped out.  The lock was also popped out of the second van, and the back door of the bus, the handle on the outside was torn off.

Since word of the damage reached the public, there has been an outpouring of support from the public.

“We received numerous phone calls, sending best wishes and asking what they could do. We had people who dropped in completely out of the blue to make cash donations to go towards paying for these repairs. I think the story that really has touched my heart is how this community continues to come together,” Executive Director Lynda Carey says.

She says receiving a $2000 donation from Ken Jaillet who recently won the Food Depot Alimentaire 50/50 draw.

“I just think it’s amazing how people give to a charity like Food Depot, and then Food Depot gives back to its community, and then the people who win turn around and give it back to other registered charities. It just speaks so much about what I truly believe this community is all about.”

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The bill to repair the extensive damage to one of the vehicles, along with extra security Carey says they are considering, is going to cost around $4000.

With March break next week, Carey says they’ve had to take extra steps to accommodate the transportation of children to several different locations, but the staff have all put their heads together and come up with a plan to get them through using only two vehicles.

There’s no word yet on when the repairs will be completed, but Carey is now looking on the bright side, and says they’re very lucky to have others looking out for their Club.